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Many of the groups during this time frame based their act on the old time-tested blues. This page will attempt to list the original songwriter and the groups that recorded their songs. Some groups (I'm lookin' at you Page) did not credit the composer, while others (thanks John) made sure proper credit (& subsequent royalities) were given.

 
Note that some of the artists are known by (and writing credit given to) their knicknames. In parens are their legal names and where writing credits are indicated by their real names, they are shown by an asterick.

 


Robert Johnson
Legend has it that Robert Johnson (King Of The Delta Blues) sold his soul to the devil to acquire his guitar-playin' chops.

If every folkie had a copy of Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, then every aspiring blues guitarist played this record out. In 2007, Mojo magazine placed it number six on its list of 100 Records That Changed The World.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Columbia CL-1654
?/61 [UK: ?/62]
Back Cover

 
1970 Cover

 
1970 Back

Side One
Crossroads Blues Johnson 2:28
Terraplane Blues Johnson 2:58
Come On In My Kitchen Johnson 2:46
Walking Blues Johnson 2:28
Last Fair Deal Gone Down Johnson 2:38
32-20 Blues Johnson 2:50
Kindhearted Woman Blues Johnson 2:50
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day Johnson 2:34
Side Two
Preaching Blues Johnson 2:50
When You Got A Good Friend Johnson 2:35
Rambling On My Mind Johnson 2:49
Stones In My Passway Johnson 2:25
Traveling Riverside Blues Johnson 2:43
Milkcow's Calf Blues Johnson 2:14
Me And The Devil Blues Johnson 2:30
Hellhound On My Trail Johnson 2:36
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Robert Johnson-guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Produced by: Frank Driggs

Note: A second volume was released in 1970 (see last 2 notes)

 


Covers
Come On in My Kitchen (1936) David Crosby (acapella), Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (credited to Payne, a Johnson pseudonym)
Crossroads (1937) Eric Clapton's Powerhouse, Cream, The Allman Joys, John Hammond, Ten Years After (as Standing At The Crossroads)
Four Until Late (1937) Cream
Hell Hound On My Trail (1937) Fleetwood Mac
Kind Hearted Woman (1937) The Youngbloods (with awesome mandolin solo)
Love In Vain (1937) The Rolling Stones (also credited to Payne)
Ramblin On My Mind (1937) John Mayall, John Hammond (as Ramblin')
Stones In My Passway (1936) John Hammond
Stop Breaking Down (1936) Rolling Stones (as trad)
Traveling Riverside Blues(1936) John Hammond, Led Zeppelin (WBCN Rare Tapes)
Walking Blues (1936) Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Taj Mahal

Links!    

 


Billy "Blues Boy" Arnold

Billy Arnold story.
 
I Ain't Got You () The Animals
I'm Not Talking () The Yardbirds
I Wish You Would () The Yardbirds

 


Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy story.
 
Key To The Highway (1941) Derek & The Dominos, Steve Miller Band
I Feel So Good (1941) Faces
Joe Turner () Tom Rush

 


Willie Cobbs

Willie Cobbs story.
 
You Don't Love Me (1960) John Mayall Bluesbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band, Kaleidoscope, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills, The Groundhogs

 


Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel*)

Bo Diddley story.
 
Before You Accuse Me (1957) Creedence Clearwater Revival*, The 13th Floor Elevators
Cadillac (1960) The Kinks*
Diddy Wah Diddy (1956) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Here 'Tis (1962) The Yardbirds*
I'm A Man (1955) John Hammond*, The Yardbirds*, The Who [1st UK album]
I Can Tell (1962) John Hammond*
Mona (1957) The Iquanas, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Rolling Stones
Oh Yea (1959) John Hammond*
Pretty Thing (1955) Pretty Things*
Who Do You Love (1956) The Blues Magoos, The Blues Project, The Doots*, John Hammond*, Ronnie Hawkins, Quicksilver Messenger Service*, Tom Rush*
Love Is Strange (with Jody Williams) (1956) Mickey & Sylvia
Road Runner The Pretty Things

Note: Also of interest is The Story Of Bo Diddley by The Animals (Animal Tracks)
 

 


Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon story. Most recorded first by Howlin' Wolf* or Muddy Waters**.
 
Close To You** (1958) The Doors
Back Door Man* (1960) The Blues Project, The Doors
Diddy Wah Diddy (1955) Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Evil* (1954) Canned Heat
I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man** (1954) Tim Hardin, The Allman Brothers Band, John Hammond (credit to Waters), The Siegel-Schwall Band
I Ain't Superstitious* (1961) Jeff Beck Group
I Can't Quit You Baby (1956) John Mayall Bluesbreakers, Led Zeppelin
I Just Want To Make Love To You (1954) The Rolling Stones, Cold Blood
I'm Ready** (1954) Humble Pie, Long John Baldry
Little Red Rooster* (1961) The Rolling Stones
Mellow Down Easy (1954) Paul Butterfield Blues Band
My Love Will Never Die (1952) Mother Earth
Seventh Son (1955) John Hammond, Johnny Rivers, Tim Hardin
Shake For Me (1961) The Siegel-Schwall Band
Spoonful* (1960) Cream, The Blues Project, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Ten Years After
Wang Dang Doodle (1960) Love Sculpture, Savoy Brown
You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover (1962) John Hammond, Tom Rush, Cactus
You Need Love** (1962) Savoy Brown, Led Zeppelin (as Whole Lotta Love, uncredited)
(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further** (1956) The Doors
You Shook Me** (1962) Jeff Beck Group, Led Zeppelin

 


John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker story. Serves You Right To Suffer is based on Memory Pain written by Percy Mayfield (1964) and recorded by Ansley Dunbar and Johnny Winter.
 
I'm Mad Again (1961) The Animals
Boom Boom (1962) The Animals, The Yardbirds
Dimples (1956) The Animals, Spencer Davis Group, Canned Heat
Don't Look Back (1964) Them
Don't Turn Me From Your Door (1963) Savoy Brown
I'm In The Mood (1951) John Hammond
I'm Mad Again (1961) The Animals
Maudie (1959) The Animals
Serves You Right To Suffer (1965) J Geils Band

Note: John Lee Hooker recorded an album with Canned Heat, Hooker 'N' Heat (1/71).
 

 


Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett*)

Howlin' Wolf story. Some of his best recordings were written by Willie Dixon. Unfortunately, the names get swapped randomly.
 
44 Blues (1954) Little Feat*, Johnny Winter*
Back Door Man (w Dixon) (1961) The Blues Project, The Doors*
Down In The Bottom (1961) The Siegel-Schwall Band*
How Many More Years (1951) John Hammond*, Little Feat (w 44 Blues)
I'm Leavin' You (1958) John Hammond*
Killing Floor (1964) The Electric Flag*, Led Zeppelin (as The Lemon Song, uncredited), Kaleidoscope (as Tempe Arizona, uncredited)
Little Babe (1961) The Siegel-Schwall Band*
No Place To Go (1954) Fleetwood Mac*
Ooh Baby (1965) Fleetwood Mac*
Sitting On Top Of The World (1957) Cream*
Smokestack Lightning (1956) The Animals*, The Yardbirds*, Manfred Mann
Spoonful (1960) Cream, The Blues Project, Ten Years After
Sugar Mama (1964) Fleetwood Mac*
Tell Me (1960) The Siegel-Schwall Band*

Note: Howlin' Wolf is featured on the "One-Offs" page with his album The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (8/71).
 

 


Elmore James

Elmore James story.
 
Dust My Broom [Dust My Blues] (1951) Canned Heat, John Mayall Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Taj Mahal, John Hammond
It Hurts Me Too (1957) Grateful Dead (as Traditional), John Mayall Bluesbreakers (credit to London), Savoy Brown (credit to London), Chuck Berry with The Steve Miller Blues Band (credit to Berry), Bob Dylan (credit to Dylan), Richie Havens (no credit)
Done Somebody Wrong (1959) The Allman Brothers Band
Shake Your Moneymaker (1961) Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fleetwood Mac, John Hammond

Note: John Mayall wrote a tribute song: Mr James, available on Looking Back (8/69).
 

 


Skip James

Skip James story.
 
I'm So Glad (1931) Cream, Deep Purple

 


Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson story.
 
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (1927) Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary (as One Kind Favor)

 


B B King

BB King story.
 
Rock Me Baby (1964) The Animals, Blue Cheer Jefferson Airplane (as Traditional)
It's My Own Fault (1951) Johnny Winter

Note: B B King is featured on the "One-Offs" page with his album Indianola Mississippi Seeds (10/70).
 

 


Leadbelly (Huddie William Ledbetter)

Leadbelly story.
 
In New Orleans (House Of The Rising Sun) () The Almanac Singers, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, The Animals
Midnight Special (1939) Johnny Rivers, Spencer Davis Group, Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival

 


Blind Willie McTell

Blind Will McTell story.
 
Broke Down Engine (1931) Johnny Winter, John Hammond
Statesboro Blues (1927) The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Tom Rush, Dave Van Ronk, The Holy Modal Rounders, The Rising Sons, The Youngbloods

 


Billy Myles

Billy Myles story.
 
Have You Ever Loved A Woman () Derek & The Dominos

 


Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds

Blind Joe Reynolds story.
 
Outside Woman Blues (1929) Cream (credited to Arthur Reynolds)

 


Otis Rush

Otis Rush story.
 
Double Trouble (1958) Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

 


Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield*)

Muddy Waters story.
 
Got My Mojo Working (1956) Manfred Mann, The Zombies, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Rotary Connection
Honey Bee (1957) Savoy Brown*
I Can't Be Satisfied (1948) John Hammond
I Want You To Love Me () John Hammond*
Look What You've Done (1960) The Rolling Stones
Long Distance Call (1951) John Hammond*
Louisana Blues (1950) The Animals, The Blues Project*, Savoy Brown
Rollin' And Tumblin' (1950) Cream*, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter
Rolling Stone (1950) Humble Pie
Trouble No More (1955) The Allman Brothers Band*
Two Trains Running [aka Still A Fool] (1951) Blues Project*, John Hammond*

Note: Muddy Waters is featured on the "One-Offs" page with his album Fathers & Sons (8/69).
 

 


Bukka White

Bukka White story.
 
Parchman Farm Blues (1940) Blue Cheer, The Blues Project, John Mayall Bluesbreakers, Johnny Rivers

 


Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee Williamson*)

Sonny Boy Williamson story.
 
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (1937) Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter

 


Sonny Boy Williamson II (Alex "Rice" Miller*)

Sonny Boy Williamson story.
 
Baby Please Don't Go () Eric Andersen, Al Kooper
Checkin' Up On My Baby (1960) Taj Mahal, John Mayal Bluesbreakers
Eyesight To The Blind (1951) The Who
Got To Move () Fleetwod Mac
Help Me (1963) Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter
No More Lonely Nights () Al Kooper & Elvin Bishop

 


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